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Should a year 10 pupil have a career in mind?

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Daughter is in year 10, is doing very well and is predicted to achieve very good grades. She loves school and always works hard and to the best of her ability. However, she seems to have very little… Read More
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6y, 1m agoPosted 6 years, 1 month ago
Daughter is in year 10, is doing very well and is predicted to achieve very good grades. She loves school and always works hard and to the best of her ability.
However, she seems to have very little idea of what she wants to do when she leaves school (probably after 6th form). If I asked her what she wanted to be when she enters the world of work she wouldn't be to give me a solid answer.
Is this unusual, did your kids have a career in mind and to aim towards at that stage?
I am not expecting her to have a definite focus and stick to it but she doesn't seem to have a target at all really.
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6y, 1m agoPosted 6 years, 1 month ago
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1 Like #1
nope. i rmbr ppl in 6th form didnt know what they wanted to do!!
banned 1 Like #2
Nah it wasnt until 6th form me and my friends actually decided what route we would go down. maybe different because we were lads, but thats how we did it.
1 Like #3
No. Quite simply put. When I was that age I had no idea what I wanted to do. I just went with what I was good at.
banned 1 Like #4
Im at sixth form and i still dont no what i want to do... Most of my mates don't either :/
1 Like #5
mine are the same,one just about to start 6th form & one about to leave, nothing in mind of what they want to do, when i was at school we had careers evenings, where all the local employers came into the school & we picked where we wanted to work ( how times have changed !)
banned 1 Like #6
When I left school and went to "6th form" college, I still had no idea what I wanted to do.

Come to think about it, I still don't! X)

My year 6 nipper has it all sorted.... He's gonna be a professional footballer. If only!
1 Like #7
She ll definately enjoy some subjects more than others... That will be a starting point I guess, almost all Year 10s that I know have some inclination at this stage what career paths they are interested in...but its not too late I guess. may talk to her about the sugjects she enjoys and talk about careers along these lines...
#8
I think what makes it worse is a couple of year 11 kids we know have a definite target and have already 'mapped out' their post secondary school education in pursuit of their chosen career, I wondered whether this was usual these days?
1 Like #9
mines in yr 10 too,and no clue what he wants to do.the pressure is put on him constantly to decide :(
he has sat loads of exams early and done really well,but even though he is intelligent,he is not mentally mature.he keeps asking for my advice,but i don't want to steer him in the wrong direction.trouble is i don't want him going down the route of college courses just to buy himself some more time,as it may have been the wrong choice/course for him,then he has to start all over.i feel your pain !!!

Edited By: underthestairs on Mar 03, 2011 22:08
1 Like #10
How old is your daughter as we dont have year 10 in Scotland - it goes up to Primary 7 then onto the High School starting at first year - by then they are normally 12yrs old. My son in his last year of primary school

He is going to be a games designer for Microsoft :)

Edited By: bossyboots on Mar 03, 2011 22:09
#11
^^ Next year will be her last secondary year.
banned#12
greg_68
I think what makes it worse is a couple of year 11 kids we know have a definite target and have already 'mapped out' their post secondary school education in pursuit of their chosen career, I wondered whether this was usual these days?


Probably nothing to worry about anyway. By the time she leaves school, we'll all be on the dole and there wont be any jobs for anyone anyway!
1 Like #13
I'm graduating this summer from CIT at Queen's and the only thing I've realised is that Computers should be used only for Facebook and HUKD, not going to go near a Computing job. Was always jealous of people who wanted to know all their lives what they want to do but everything falls into place. Hopefully for me anyway
1 Like #14
Ahh I see then why your a wee bit worried. Do schools still have guidance teachers that help them talk about what they want to do career wise.

I am at the stage where everything is still rosy with my son - no hassles, no worries.............but I know come August when he goes to "Big" school its all going to change and he probably wont need mum as much :(
1 Like #15
I'm at University and I have no clue what I want to do, I chose Physics so I could go as broad as possible. I'm just going to apply for lots of different things and see what responses I get, I just chose the subjects I was good at and which would give me the best chances without having to make any decisions.
#16
yup im 23 and have no clue, have been very succesful at university and just did what i was good at tbh.. though i wish i did have more of a focus
#17
I knew what I wanted to eventually end up as in year 10 (We'll see about that), but everyone's different.

In terms of Years 11, 12 and 13 you could easily change your mind no end of times.

Plenty of time to make a decision yet.
#18
underthestairs
mines in yr 10 too,and no clue what he wants to do.the pressure is put on him constantly to decide :(
he has sat loads of exams early and done really well,but even though he is intelligent,he is not mentally mature.he keeps asking for my advice,but i don't want to steer him in the wrong direction.trouble is i don't want him going down the root of college courses just to buy himself some more time,as it may have been the wrong choice/course for him,then he has to start all over.i feel your pain !!!


I agree with what you are saying , there is a lot of pressure on them at a young age, I feel they take their exams much too early as well. ours are doing 6th form, their choice, but to be honest it does give them a bit more time to decide what they want to do later on.
#19
I Disagree with everyone

I was 10 Years old and i knew what i wanted to do when i grew up
i got into Computers and by the time i left middle svhool i was writing BBC basic games for the First SCHOOL
im 38 now and and have enjoyed all my working career
1 Like #20
bossyboots
Ahh I see then why your a wee bit worried. Do schools still have guidance teachers that help them talk about what they want to do career wise.

I am at the stage where everything is still rosy with my son - no hassles, no worries.............but I know come August when he goes to "Big" school its all going to change and he probably wont need mum as much :(


awww bossy, dont worry they still want mum & dad, we have good relationships with our kids ( & i know you do with your son) & they know they can talk to us about anything.
#21
gazclay
I Disagree with everyone

I was 10 Years old and i knew what i wanted to do when i grew up
i got into Computers and by the time i left middle svhool i was writing BBC basic games for the First SCHOOL
im 38 now and and have enjoyed all my working career


ah but it was different world back then compared to today.I knew what i wanted to do & I'm still dong it today.
1 Like #22
I think maybe you should just start to emphasise that a job in the areas she likes would be much easier to live with.

Coach her to identify the lessons/education area she enjoys and to take a look at what possible careers could span from those areas.

Iin secondary it will help her in advance of her options, just try to make her realise and identify the difference, between fun and genuine interest, also to consider the opportunities each of those options will hold.

I think it's a bit too much to expect someone to know and lots of people change mind once they have entered a career, so I'd just take little steps in the right direction, and a right direction is something you have natural talent/ability/qualities/passion for, balanced alongside if its a viable career.

Edited By: skellysgirl on Mar 03, 2011 22:29
1 Like #23
richp
underthestairs
mines in yr 10 too,and no clue what he wants to do.the pressure is put on him constantly to decide :(
he has sat loads of exams early and done really well,but even though he is intelligent,he is not mentally mature.he keeps asking for my advice,but i don't want to steer him in the wrong direction.trouble is i don't want him going down the root of college courses just to buy himself some more time,as it may have been the wrong choice/course for him,then he has to start all over.i feel your pain !!!


I agree with what you are saying , there is a lot of pressure on them at a young age, I feel they take their exams much too early as well. ours are doing 6th form, their choice, but to be honest it does give them a bit more time to decide what they want to do later on.


my son is just worried that he will choose the wrong course.if he doesn't all well and good and it should lead to a well paid job.if he chooses wrongly then he has wasted at least 2 years,in which some of his mates will have earned a few grand.its hard to be mature enough at that age to look at the bigger picture,to him £5 an hour would mean he was rich.lol.
#24
Dont feel guilty if you dont know what you want to do with your life,
the most interesting people i know didnt know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives,
some of the most interesting 40 year olds still dont!



Baz Luhrmann 1999.
1 Like #25
bossyboots
Do schools still have guidance teachers that help them talk about what they want to do career wise.
I hope not. I told my guidance counselor that I didn`t enjoy Maths and I couldn`t see myself working in an office, they suggested I be an accountant. oO
#26
transit
Dont feel guilty if you dont know what you want to do with your life,
the most interesting people i know didnt know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives,
some of the most interesting 40 year olds still dont!



Baz Luhrmann 1999.


Haha i just listened to this song! Posted it in another thread too. Weird.
1 Like #27
A mate I went to secondary school and college with bumped into one of our old teachers the other day who is currently head of year 10.
I've been asked by him to go back to my old school with him and another friend to talk to some year 10s about careers, not sure if Im gonna go or not though lol. So it looks like they do push it around this age, work experience etc but I do remember it being pushed more at 6th form for uni choices etc
#28
I think she'll just go with the flow for now and as some have suggested carry on at 6th form with her favourite subjects and make her mind up at a much later date I guess. I think I'd prefer her to have some sort of target but I am not overly worried given her dedication and maturity.
#29
maximoshark
transit
Dont feel guilty if you dont know what you want to do with your life,the most interesting people i know didnt know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives,some of the most interesting 40 year olds still dont!Baz Luhrmann 1999.
Haha i just listened to this song! Posted it in another thread too. Weird.

You are not as fat as you imagine!
2 Likes #30
richp
bossyboots
Ahh I see then why your a wee bit worried. Do schools still have guidance teachers that help them talk about what they want to do career wise.

I am at the stage where everything is still rosy with my son - no hassles, no worries.............but I know come August when he goes to "Big" school its all going to change and he probably wont need mum as much :(


awww bossy, dont worry they still want mum & dad, we have good relationships with our kids ( & i know you do with your son) & they know they can talk to us about anything.


Thanks Rich. My son gets to stay up a wee bit later on a Thursday - 10pm - and when I was upstairs talking to him this is what he said to me "Mum I dont like Megan anymore.........I like Sarah". Thats as complicated as it gets just now :)

Greg - best of luck with everything. Its nice to see another side of posters on here, as your posts normally just have me laughing my backside off!! That, of course, was a compliment :)
#31
transit
maximoshark
transit
Dont feel guilty if you dont know what you want to do with your life,the most interesting people i know didnt know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives,some of the most interesting 40 year olds still dont!Baz Luhrmann 1999.
Haha i just listened to this song! Posted it in another thread too. Weird.


You are not as fat as you imagine!


Remember compliments you recieve. Forget the insults. If you suceed in doing this, tell me how!
#32
my lad is a year 9 and he knows what he wants to do
its just picking the right options for it
banned 1 Like #33
numptyj
A mate I went to secondary school and college with bumped into one of our old teachers the other day who is currently head of year 10.
I've been asked by him to go back to my old school with him and another friend to talk to some year 10s about careers, not sure if Im gonna go or not though lol. So it looks like they do push it around this age, work experience etc but I do remember it being pushed more at 6th form for uni choices etc


Cripes! What was it? Borstal?
#34
guv
numptyj
A mate I went to secondary school and college with bumped into one of our old teachers the other day who is currently head of year 10.
I've been asked by him to go back to my old school with him and another friend to talk to some year 10s about careers, not sure if Im gonna go or not though lol. So it looks like they do push it around this age, work experience etc but I do remember it being pushed more at 6th form for uni choices etc


Cripes! What was it? Borstal?


lool, I dunno what I would say to these kids, errm im work 9 - 5 monday to friday and I play with 10 year old boys on the weeknights













on fifa :p
banned#35
guv
When I left school and went to "6th form" college, I still had no idea what I wanted to do.

Come to think about it, I still don't! X)



transit

the most interesting people i know didnt know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives,
some of the most interesting 40 year olds still dont!


Cheers dude. X)
#36
Has she done one of those rip-off surveys where you answer hundreds of questions about your likes and dislikes and a computer works out what professions would suit you?
My school did them before GCSE choices and before A-Level choices.
It might be interesting for her to see what comes up.
banned#37
If she's in year 10 and she thinks she knows what she wants to do - be afraid.

The whole point of your teenage years is to learn about the world. If she gets to the age of 21 and knows what she actually wants to do then it'll be a miracle. Right now the best she can do is learn about as much as possible.
#38
sickly sweet
Has she done one of those rip-off surveys where you answer hundreds of questions about your likes and dislikes and a computer works out what professions would suit you?
My school did them before GCSE choices and before A-Level choices.
It might be interesting for her to see what comes up.


Haha I remember those the questions were so studid. "do you enjoy repetitive tasks that require attention to detail?" - Scientist is the career path for you! Eugh.
2 Likes #39
sickly sweet
Has she done one of those rip-off surveys where you answer hundreds of questions about your likes and dislikes and a computer works out what professions would suit you?My school did them before GCSE choices and before A-Level choices.It might be interesting for her to see what comes up.

http://firstrung.co.uk/dbimgs/Carolbeer.jpg
1 Like #40
I am in final year of university... Possibly going to do a phd and still don't know what I really want to do...

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